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Rebel leads audiences Out of the Eclipse

  • Oct 27, 2011
The bravura baroque ensemble Rebel (pronounced re-BELL) rolls into Beall Concert Hall November 13 for a concert entitled "Out of the Eclipse: Music of Transformation and Revelation." Leading early-music tenor Rufus Müller and oboist Meg Owens will join the music collective, last in Eugene for a sold-out ChamberMusic@Beall concert in 2009. Among the works within the "transformation" theme are selections from the Georg Frederic Handel operas Agrippina and Samson and the oratorio Jephtha; arias from cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann; instrumental works by Vivaldi, Purcell, and Bach, and an aria from Bach's St. John Passion. Formed in the Netherlands in 1991, Rebel quickly established itself as a leading proponent of baroque music, winning a long residency at the Trinity Cathedral in New York, issuing numerous recordings, and becoming the first and only period instrument ensemble to be awarded an artists’ residency at National Public Radio. The core formation of two violins, recorder/traverse flute, cello/viola da gamba and harpsichord/organ expands with additional strings, winds, theorbo and vocalists, performing on period instruments. German-English tenor Rufus Müller is one of the most sought after soloists on the scene, for opera, oratorio, early and new music, and principally in Handel's Messiah and as the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. He has worked with many leading conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Richard Hickox, Nicholas McGegan, Gustav Leonhardt, Trevor Pinnock, and Philippe Herreweghe. Meg Owens owns eight oboes of various shapes and sizes and enjoys playing all of them. She performs with many Washington, DC area orchestras and appears regularly with some of North America's major Baroque orchestras, including Tafelmusik, American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, Rebel, Apollo's Fire, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Mercury Baroque, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival. Concert tickets range from $17-$42, with $10 student pricing and are available online or through the Hult Center or University of Oregon ticket offices. Read All